Southbank Centre adds to an already bulging selection of Brazilian cinema

By 17 August, 2010

Running in parallel with the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival of London, with its opening BAFTA night and screenings at Apollo Piccadilly (see the programme here), will be a further assortment of Brazilian flicks at the Southbank Centre. Largely taken from previous events at the Southbank these films, all documentaries, will also lead up to the end of Festival Brazil in London. Well I guess we’d already lost the weather, and what’s Brazil without sunshine eh? Here are the films that will be showing at the Southbank’s Blue Room:

Thurs 2nd Sept / 3pm
Beyond Ipanema – Brazilian Waves in Global Music (Ondas Brasileiras na Música Global)
Dir: Guto Barra
Documentary about the repeating cycle of discovery of Brazilian music in the world. Through interviews with David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Mutantes, Tom Zé, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and many others, the film surveys the Brazilian music experience outside of the country.

Thurs 2nd Sept / 7pm
Dzi Croquettes
Dir: Tatiana Issa & Raphael Alvarez
Documentary about a Brazilian theatre group that through talent, irony and humor confronted the Brazilian violent dictatorship in the 1970s, revolutionising the gay movement worldwide and changing the language of theatre and dance for an entire generation.

Fri 3rd Sept / 3pm
Mamonas Forever
Dir: Cláudio Kahns
The amazing story of five talented musicians, from the suburbs of São Paulo to the biggest success in the Brazilian music history. After five years playing dense rock music and performing seriously as Utopia band, chance knocked at the door. There was only one request – they had to reveal their extroverted selves, happy and irreverent. The Mamonas Assassinas were born. In only 10 months they turned the country upside down and rock music united families in song, dance, laughter and tears.

Fri 3rd Sept / 7pm
The Man Who Bottled Clouds (O Homem Que Engarrafava Nuvens)
Dir: Lírio Ferreira
This music documentary chronicling the life and work of the composer, lawyer, politician and creator of copyright laws protecting Brazilian artists, Humberto Teixeira. Also known as ‘The Doctor of Baião’, he is celebrated for his popular classics – among them the ‘anthem of drought’ Asa Branca. The film accompanies his daughter, Denise Dummont, in a journey in search of knowledge about her father.

Sat 4th Sept / 3pm
Áurea (short film)
Dir: Zeca Ferreira
Born to Dance (Nasci Para Bailar)
Dir: Tetê Moraes
Áurea is short film about the nightclub singer Áurea Martins, contrasting her life on stage, which is both her home and her prison, and the outside world. Born To Dance is a documentary about the encounter of two cultures – Brazil and Cuba. João Donato and a trio of Brazilian musicians visit Havana, where they play the International Jazz Festival with well-known Cuban musicians.

Sat 4th Sept / 7pm
Straight to the Point (Onde a Coruja Dorme)
Dir: Márcia Derraik & Simplício Neto
This engaging documentary profiles Bezerra da Silva, a Brazilian music legend known as the father of ‘gangsta samba’. Da Silva’s songs, many of them written by residents of the slums of Rio de Janeiro, are social critiques that champion the underdog who must do whatever it takes to survive.

More info:
Event Page at Southbank Centre

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